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Reservations made for 2017 Banquet

Lee & Judy Norton Klemetti
Phyllis Harris Grimes
David Golden
Dianne Munn Sappington
Bonita Mitchell Miner
Judy Ruegsegger Painter
Jerry Norton
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Chester Surline, Supt.
Hollis Miner, Principal
Ron Keith, Class President
Alan Murray, Class Advisor
Jim Strohmer, Class Advisor
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Ronald Lee Keith, age 74, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at his home in West Branch, MI with his family by his side. Ron was born to Ben and Henrietta (Hartman) Keith on November 4, 1942. He lived in West Branch for his whole life. In 1963, he joined the Navy. Upon his returning home, he worked for his parents at the family business, The West Branch Greenhouse. On April 20, 1968 he married the love of his life, Shelda “Jeanie” Robinson. They spend 49 wonderful years together. In 1975, Ron and his brother Wayne bought the family business. Ron, Jeanie, Wayne and Kathy worked the business until 1995. Ron then went on to sell Real Estate for Dunbar-Bell. In 1997, he started driving school bus for the West Branch Rose City Schools until he was forced to retire due to a medical reason in 2012.

Ron is survived by his wife, Jeanie; son, Ronald II; brother, Wayne (Kathy) Keith all of West Branch; sisters in law, Sheila “Tootie” Webber of West Branch, Sharon “Miki” Curfman and Kenny Faiver of Lansing, MI; brother in law, David “Butch” (Mary) Robinson of West Branch; nieces and nephews, Karrie, Ketha, Karla, Kelly, Kirsten, Kimberlee, Ben, Sheila, Jami, Kristina, Vicki and their families; and sister in heart, Pat Sweet. He is preceded in death by his, son, Douglas Benjamin Keith, parents, Ben and Henrietta Keith, and in laws, Doug & Shirley Robinson.
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Obituary for Ralph A. Graham

Graham, Ralph A.
Rose City, MI

Ralph Allen Graham, Jr. age 72, passed away January 10, 2016 at the Villa at Rose City. Ralph was born in Bay City to Ralph and Cecelia Graham on July 26, 1943. His family moved to Selkirk in 1949 where he attended the one-room Red School and later the West Branch High School; graduating from Bay City Handy in 1961. Ralph joined the Michigan State Police in 1968 and served posts in Battle Creek, Lapeer and Manistique; retiring from the West Branch post in 1993.

Upon retirement, Ralph obtained his private pilot’s license and loved to fly his 182 Cessna with friend Monty Antcliff. Ralph purchased a horse farm in 1986 where he bred and raced standardbred horses, driving more than just a few into the winner’s circle. Ralph enjoyed golfing with his partner, Larry Boncher, and also loved to hunt especially with his friends at Tamarack Camp. He was a guide at Paradice Hunt Club for about 4 years. He was also an avid fisherman. Ralph’s favorite vacation spot was his deer camp in the Upper Peninsula which he shared with his son. Many late nights were spent there trying to euchre the wives just one more time.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Linda; son, Allen (Sheri) of Bessemer, MI; daughter, Gina of Sanford, NC; grandchildren Catherine Brody and family of Lehigh Acres, Fl; Jessica Graham of Eugene, OR; Todd Cardoza (Jessica) and family of East Jordan,MI; Justin Graham of Burlington, VE; and Christopher Morris of Beulah, MI. He also leaves eight great grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters Nancy Francisco of Boyton Beach, FL; Geraldine Schorn of Grand Rapids,MI, half-sister, Kathy (Ben) D’Arcy of West Branch, MI, half-brother Tim (Sonja) McPeck; sister-in-law, Kathy Layman and brother-in-law, Paul Layman all of Fairview, MI. He leaves many nieces and nephews who will greatly miss “Uncle Sonny”. He also leaves his beloved dog, Missy.

Ralph was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and enjoyed the old fashioned hymns. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, Jim Francisco, sister-in-law, Karen Grant, in-laws, Ernest & Martha Layman; nephew, Michael Grover and several aunts and uncles.


UNKNOWN ADDRESSES
 
Paul Noel
Kathleen Hicks Schuler
Emery Egon
Mary Lou Everitt  Sestak
Davi Lalchand
Delbert R. Leonard 
Joan Schneider Rola


DECEASED CLASSMATES

Ralph Graham
(1/10/16)
 
 Phyllis Ann Schmitt Ostrander
(9/11/14)

Fred Benjamin
(February 28, 2013)
 
Arnold Dunbar
 (2011)
 
 
Marilyn Tennant McCoy
(April 27,2010)
 
Elwyn "Slider" Steuernol
(June 8, 2010)
 
Janet Reimer Monson

Jim Alley
(1987)

William Bohlinger
(January 13, 2004)

Gary Buck

Raymond L. Bunting
(November 27, 1972)

Karen Crecine Reed
(June 23, 1983)

James Egon
(1999)

Tony Ehinger
(1999)

Ronald Morris
(April 5, 2004)

Gary Robinson
 (1999)

George L. Schaiberger Jr.
(May 28, 2002)

Carolyn Sue Valley Soltys
(1999)

Jack Winter
 
Richard C. Carscallen
(September 5, 2005)

Terry Dent
(October 14, 2014)

Rodger Reinke
(March 8, 2014)

Rodger was born on April 16, 1943 and passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Rodger was a resident of North Branch, Michigan at the time of his passing.

He is survived by his wife Marjorie Kartes Reinke Class of 1965

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Phyllis Ann Schmitt Ostrander
(March 30, 1943 - September 11, 2014)
                       Class of 1961

Phyllis Ann Ostrander

Phyllis Ann Ostrander, age 71, passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at her home with her loving family by her side. Phyllis has lived in West Branch for her entire life. She was born to Russell and Theresa “Irene” (Green) Schmitt in West Branch, MI on March 30, 1943. Phyllis loved spending time with her family and friends and was known by many people as “Aunt Philly”.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Dallas Ostrander of West Branch; daughter: Susie (Chuck) Hammontre of West Branch; son: Danny (Allison) Ostrander of West Branch; grandchildren: Jordyn, Justin, Caleb, and Dylan; brothers: Thomas (Janet) Schmitt of West Branch and James (Diane) Schmitt of West Branch; brother in law: Edwin (Yvonne) Ostrander of West Branch; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch will begin Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a Scripture Service at 7:00 p.m. On Monday, September 15, 2014, Phyllis will lie in state at the St. Joseph Catholic Church beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the Celebration of Life Mass at 11:00 a.m. Father Patrick Maher will officiate. Burial will follow at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

  

Shirley Schubert Rau
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Class of 1955 St.Joe

Shirley Schubert  Rau, age 79 of West Branch passed away Tuesday July 19, 2011 with her family by her side.

Shirley was born in West Branch on June 29, 1932 to Russell and Gertrude Schubert. She married Gerald Rau on June 16, 1951. Gerald and Shirley farmed in Edwards Township until 1987 with their two daughters and son.

Shirley enjoyed her grandchildren, playing cards with her friends, going to the casino, and watching Wheel of Fortune. She baked chocolate chip cookies for her grandkids which they loved.

Shirley is survived by her daughters, Julie Rau of Ithaca and Jeri (Sam) Orlando of West Branch. She is also survived by her grandchildren Shannon Orlando, Samuel Orlando, Rebecca Rau and Emily Rau. Also surviving is her sister, Marilyn (Tom) Bydalek, brothers, Dean (Shirley) Schubert and Ron (Nancy) Schubert, sisters in law Maxine (Adrian) Dantzer and Kathleen (Bernard) Groulx and her brother in law Robert (Lyla) Rau. Shirley is also survived by many nieces and nephews who spent time with Shirley and Gerald at the farm. Also her grand-dog Rusty.

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The Rev. Elwyn Slider Steuernol, pastor of St. Agatha Catholic Church in Southeast Portland for nine years, collapsed and died Tuesday during a priests' retreat at Mount Angel Abbey. He was 66.

Steuernol, the only married priest to serve in the
Archdiocese of Portland, had been a Presbyterian pastor since 1975 and had served Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church in Fairview from 1981-94. He was ordained in the Catholic Church on Nov. 30, 1996, in St. Mary's Cathedral in Northwest Portland, in the presence of his wife and children.

His ordination sparked some controversy among the Catholics he was joining and the Presbyterians he was leaving. Some Catholics argued that priests should be unmarried and celibate, while others wanted to open the priesthood to more married men and to women. Some Presbyterians saw Steuernol's conversion as a sign of growth and change in his human spirit, but others said he didn't know what he was getting into.

In a 1996 interview, Steuernol said he had visited
Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Trappist abbey in Lafayette several times, looking for a "supernatural thing in worship."

"As Protestants, we tend to be rational in our worship," he told The Oregonian. "As a pastor, I got tired of feeling like the success of worship was based on how well I preached."

Steuernol said he found what he was looking for in the Mass, in which Catholics believe bread and wine become the body of Christ. "The Eucharist is like an altar call," Steuernol said. "You go forward and offer yourself as a living sacrifice."

Steuernol announced his conversion publicly in 1993. Cardinal William J. Levada, archbishop of Portland from 1986-95, helped Steuernol receive permission from the late Pope John Paul II to be ordained in the Catholic Church. At the time, the archdiocese expected Steuernol to serve only as an assistant pastor, said Bud Bunce, spokesman for the archdiocese. But a shortage of priests led to him functioning as pastor at St. Agatha's.

"It's a very tight community down in Sellwood," says Pat Hainley, a lifelong member of the parish. Steuernol and his wife "fit in from Day One," he says. "I'm sure there was a little skepticism: A married priest -- what is that all about? But he overcame whatever reservations people had. He was that kind of person."

Steuernol was born on July 17, 1943, in New Martinsville, W. Va., to Wynne J. and Imogene E. Slider Steuernol. He attended the University of Michigan from 1961-63. He later said that he became a Christian while at Michigan. He graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois in 1965. He lived in England for three years, evangelizing university students. He met his wife, Jacqueline, who is English, in France in 1968 and they married in 1969. He attended
Princeton Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity in 1973. After his conversion, he attended Mount Angel Seminary and graduated with another master's in 1997. He was a deacon at St. Henry Catholic Church in Gresham in 1996 and appointed to St. Agatha's in 2001.

Steuernol collapsed about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday as he played racquetball during a recreation break at the priests' retreat. No one on the scene was able to revive him, said Nick Scovill of Raleigh Hills, who has been married to Steuernol's sister, Jane, for 40 years. Scovill said he had seen his brother-in-law a week ago and he seemed to be in good health.

"We're all still in shock," Scovill said.

Steuernol is survived by his mother; sister; his wife; three children, Ashli of Damascus, Kristi of Redwood Valley, Calif., and Tim of Los Angeles; and six grandchildren.

Vigil will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Agatha's, 7983 S.E. 15th Ave. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Cathedral, Northwest 18th Avenue and Couch Street. Burial arrangements, which will be at a Portland Catholic cemetery, are pending. Remembrances are suggested to the scholarship fund at St. Agatha Catholic School, 7960 S.E. 15th Ave., Portland, OR 97202.
Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.








Don Beck, class of 1961, shares a passion of his in rebuilding guns.
 A 22CAL./20 GA. SHOTGUN  OVER AND UNDER I REBUILT
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LOOKING BACK...

   AFTER GRADUATING IN 61 I WORKED  FOR VERN  WANGLER FOR  SUMMER OF 61 THEN WORKED THE WINTER FOR  THE GALLAGHER FARM . SUMMER OF 62 WENT BACK TO WANGLERS .
 THAT FALL I   MOVED TO FLINT MI. WORKED AS A RIVETER AND A TACK WELDER FOR A STEEL COMPANY .
 IN JUNE MARRIED A FARM GIRL FROM GLADWIN [LINDA FOOR] IT WILL BE OUR 52ND ANNIVERSARY JUNE 15 TH.

    WENT TO WORK FOR GM [FISHER BODY GRAND BLANC , MI . WORKED PRODUCTION FOR 6 YEARS WHILE TAKING REFRESHER COURSES IN MATH. GOT ON SKILLED TRADES    ON AN APPRENTICESHIP. WENT TO MOTT JR. COLLEGE AND GOT A DEGREE IN MAINTENANCE ENGINEERING.JUST A BIG NAME FOR USEING LARGE MACHINERY –SETTING AND LEVELING PRESSES—USING TRANSITS-CRAIN REPAIR –
IN 1986 THEY PUT ME OUT ON A DISABILITY FOR I GOT MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY AND I DID A LOT OF CLIMBING WHICH SOME TIMES WE WERE IN THE AIR QUITE HIGH .
 AT THIS TIME WE WERE LIVING IN LAPEER COUNTY. WE SOLD OUR HOUSE AND MOVED TO BEAVERTON, MI. BUILT A HOUSE  AND LIVED THERE FROM 1986 TO 1996 .
 WE HAD 4 CHILDREN –DONALD NORMAN B 10-5-64
DAWN MARIE B 9-29-65 AND TWIN BOYS 7-9-69 .ONE WENT TO MICHIGAN TECH IN HOUGHTON ,MI. AND GOT A JOB IN FORESTRY AND EVENTUALLY WE ALL MOVED  TO THE UP .
 WE LIVE BY EWEN AND BRUCE CROSSING. BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY .

 I HAVE HAD SEVERAL HOBBIES  I WAS A FLAG FOOT BALL COACH FOR 2 YEARS AND LITTLE LEAGUE BASE BALL COACH IN LAPEER COUNTY-BOW HUNTED-DEER AND BEAR HUNTED-FISHED-ATV RIDING – HORSE BACK RIDING AND PLAYED HOCKEY.
  I AM IN A WHEEL CHAIR NOW SO MOST OF THOSE THINGS I CAN NO LONGER DO SO I HAVE TONED IT WAY DOWN. I STILL HUNT OUT OF OUR HUNTING CAMP ON OUR 40 ACRES – CROSSBOW HUNT A LITTLE. PLAY CARDS AND MY MAIN PASSION RE DOING SHOT GUNS AND RIFLES. I ALSO BELONG TO ONTONAGON SPORTS MAN CLUB WHICH I SHOOT IN COMPLETION ONCE A YEAR AND HAVE JOINED WHITE TAILS UNLIMITED PLUS I ENJOY MY LAP TOP .
    THE LORD HAS BLESSED US SEVERAL TIMES IN SPITE OF THE PASSING OF A GRAND CHILD , OUR OLDEST SON ,AND A GREAT GRAND CHILD.

WE ALL HAVE TRAGEDIES IN OUR LIFE BUT FAITH IN THE LORD KEEPS US GOING.
 IT  HAS BEEN A LONG ROAD SINCE WEST BRANCH .
DONALD BECK
CLASS OF 61
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Jim Alley
Martha Bearss Burgeson
Don Beck
Beverly Benjamin Flippo
Fred Benjamin
Nancy Benjamin Leaf
Raymond Benjamin
Nancy Black Milton
William Bohlinger
Kathleen Brennan Walsh
Gary Buck
Raymond L. Bunting
Richard Carscallen
Jeanette Caverly Klemmer
Barbara Clark Teeples
Janet Carole Clark Wilson
Donna J. Combs Grocholski
Charlene Kay Conrad Allison
Tamara Cook Morris
Dana Cowles Halliburton
Karen Crecine Reed
Peggy Daley Rogers
Larry G. Davis
Joseph Delmotte
Linda Demerest Fisk
Terry Dent
Sharon DeRosso Brabo
Barbara Donzell Kovarik
Anita Drake Zettel
John B. DuFresne
Arnold Erwin Dunbar
Emery Egon
James Egon
Tony Ehinger
Janet Evans Sapp
Mary Lou Everitt Sestak
John Finkbeiner
Donna L. Fritz Stanley Blanchard
Gary Gallagher
Marilyn Gamm Caple
Roger Gildner
Rose L. Godden Quigley
Joyce Goff Grezeszak
David Golden
Dorothy Good O'Harris
Ralph Graham
Mike Gray
Margaret Greene McCoy
Judy Grezeszak Walter
Janet Hamilton Conrad
Phyllis Harris Mayhew
Maurene Hennen Schumann
Kathleen Hicks Schuler
Vance & Linda Hill
Violet Hunt Sutherland
Doris Jackson Perkins
Charles F. Johnson
Melvia Kartes Buckel
Ron Keith
Judie Klacking Taft
Davi Lalchand
Carol Lehman Zakaras
Jack Lehman
Delbert R. Leonard
John McCoy
Katherine Middleton Raymond
Sharon Miller Robinson
Allen Mitchell
Bonnie Mitchell Miner
Mark Monson
Ronald Morris
Judith Mumy Steinhauser
Dianne Munn Sappington
Victor Nelson
David Neubecker
Paul Noel
Judith Ann Norton Klemetti
Doris Oakes Grezeszak
Sandra Orchard Williams
Elizabeth Oliver Reese
Bessie Page Loomis
Victoria Pappas Gaudette
David Partlo
Allen Philbrick
Leslie Quigley
Alice Rau Chemeaux
Bruce Rau
Mickey Raymond
Roger Reinke
Janet Reimer Monson
Gary Robinson
Judith Ruegsegger Painter
Fiona Rupinski Brenner
Mary Ellen Sappington Good
George L. Schaiberger Jr.
Betty Schmitt Rau
Phyllis A. Schmitt Ostrander
Joan Schneider Rola
Ronald Schubert
David J. Scott
Jan Smith Winter
Charles V. Slater
Linda Sperling Candy
Steven Steinhauser
Elwyn Steuernol
Cherri Strong Koblinski
Candance Surline Webb
Marilyn Tennant McCoy
Jim Thompson
 Carol Ann Tuck Bostwick
Denny L. Turow
Donna Turow Pearson
Carolyn Sue Valley Soltys
Wanda VanWormer McNeill
Fred VanZandt
Patricia Wachowski Botkins
Richard Walsh
Kay Walters Banning
Brian Lee Wilkinson
Duane Winslow
Jack Winter
Dennis Woughter